Shilov, a Red Army soldier, has been assigned the task of protecting an armored train car filled with government-owned gold. When the gold goes missing, the government blames Shilov for theft, when in fact a group of wiley bandits have managed to steal it out from under him. Now, the unfortunate Shilov must ingratiate himself into the world of these bandits and surreptitiously take the gold back before the train arrives in Moscow. This involving, action-packed Western is the first film directed by the acclaimed Nikita Mikhalkov. —rotten tomatoes
Nikita Mikhalkov, perhaps the most internationally famous living Russian filmmaker and actor is the son of soviet poets Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov and Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya and brother of well-known Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky. He started with acting at the children’s studio of the Moscow Art Theatre and later at the Schukin School of the Vakhtangov Theatre. Still as a student he appeared in Georgi Danelyia’s film I Walk Down Moscow (1964) and few years later in his brother – Andrei Konchalovsky’s – film Home of the Gentry (1969). While on the best way to become a star of the Soviet stage and cinema, he decided to study directing at VGIK (State film school in Moscow) in the class of Mikhail Romm and Andrei Tarkovsky. From VGIK he graduated in 1970 with the short film A Quiet Day at the End of the War. The fame and recognition came along with his first feature At Home Among Strangers (1974), a Red Western set just after the 1920s civil war in Russia.
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